What is the Best Type of Home Heating?


It's mid-December and we're already experiencing nightly negative temperatures. This time of year, every homeowner in Fort Wayne is turning up the heat to keep warm. Hopefully you already have energy efficient windows installed with features such as argon gas or triple pane glass—which will help keep heat in your home during the coldest winter days.


It's mid-December and we're already experiencing nightly negative temperatures. This time of year, every homeowner in Fort Wayne is turning up the heat to keep warm. Hopefully you already have energy efficient windows installed with features such as argon gas or triple pane glass—which will help keep heat in your home during the coldest winter days.

With that in mind, the best type of heat for your home isn't necessarily a straightforward answer. There are pros and cons to each type of home heating, and below is some of the most popularly used in the Fort Wayne area:

1. Gas or Electric HVAC Heating

If you're enjoying the warm and cozy feeling in your home this winter, chances are that you have your HVAC system to thank. Modern HVAC systems used forced hot air to heat your home, which is distributed through vents in each room. This type of heating can work great, but it's important to keep in mind that this type of heating may not be evenly distributed.

Furthermore, if you have your thermostat set to kick on when the temperature in your home drops, it may run excessively if you don't have energy efficient windows. This can also happen if your entry door is drafty or you have poor quality attic insulation.

2. Classic Fireplace


The fireplace has stood the test of time in terms of home heating, and it's still used in Fort Wayne homes today. A fireplace can definitely keep your home very warm during the winter, but the heat is often contained in just one or two rooms—especially if your home is old and large.

Another downside to fireplace heating is that you'll need to constantly collect wood for burning. While chopping wood makes for great exercise, most people would rather not go out in frigid temperatures to get the job done.

3. Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating may not be the most traditional way to heat your home, but it can certainly help decrease your energy bills. This style of heating uses energy from the earth underneath your home and distributes it as heating or cooling with water. It is very efficient and uses very little electricity, but the downside to geothermal heating is that it's very expensive to install. 

Homeowners can expect to spend between $20,000-$25,000 on a new geothermal heating system.

4. Heat Pumps

Heat pumps also use outside energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. They extract energy from the ground, the air, or even a body of water like a lake. They are extremely efficient but they may not work as well when temperatures drop below 32 degrees ambient temperature.

No matter how you choose to heat your home this winter, Universal Windows Direct has premium energy efficient exterior products to help keep your home cozy and energy bills low.

Chris Jarvis